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Water for Chocolate
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Before cracking into a new heart-shaped box, let’s take a look at the sustainable considerations around chocolate.

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Almost all of the world’s cocoa is grown within a 10-degree latitude band around the equator.
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As you might know, chocolate is pretty water intensive. Guess how many gallons of water are needed to produce an average 3.5oz chocolate bar?
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Can labels like the Rainforest Alliance or Fair Trade mean that the chocolate products are definitely made more sustainably?
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Since millions of farmers grow cocoa on small plots of land, it’s almost impossible to guarantee that chocolate products are 100% sustainable.
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Instead of boycotting chocolate or taking any of this information to the extreme, all we’re asking the community to do is to take a moment of gratitude for all of the resources required to make the V-Day treats we know and love.

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A BITTERSWEET TREAT?

Holidays tend to bring out our indulgent side, and at Recyclebank, we definitely love chocolate as much as the next person. But before we all break into V-Day’s most popular treat, let’s make sure we really appreciate how special—and resource-intensive—this product really is.

 

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  • Paul S. 2 days ago
    Much to learn
  • Carly J. 4 days ago
    Is it correct in saying that 450 gallons of water are used to make ONE 3.5 oz bar of chocolate??
    That is insane!
    • Barbara B. 3 days ago
      It said that it takes 450 gallons of water to produce one 3.5 oz chocolate bar. That would be a pure chocolate bar used to make chocolate chips, cocoa powder ECT.
  • Jan E. 7 days ago
    Wow, imagine how much water was used for all those pounds of chocolate you see! Thank you for this information and for the extra points.
  • Andy G. 8 days ago
    This was very interesting information, would have never thought it took that much water to process chocolate.
  • Audrey N. 10 days ago
    My brother spent three months in Colombia on a coffee farm that also grew cocoa beans and his videos were crazy of everything they had to do to harvest the beans.
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